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former kerala cm oommen chandy faces vigilance probe in solar scam


written by shaju philip | thiruvananthapuram | published:october 12, 2017 4:33 am former chief minister of kerala oommen chandy (pti/ file photo)related newstwo weeks after a judicial panel set up to probe the multi-crore solar scam submitted its report, the kerala government on wednesday decided to order a vigilance probe against former chief minister oommen chandy, his former power minister aryadan muhammed, and four of his former aides.announcing the decision after a cabinet meeting, chief minister pinarayi vijayan said criminal and corruption cases would also be registered against chandy, his former aides and nearly a dozen senior congress leaders, including a few former ministers.the government has also decided to file rape cases against chandy, muhammed, former state ministe...






solar scam: former kerala cm oomen chandy acquitted in solar case


bengaluru: former kerala chief minister oommen chandy was today acquitted by a court here in a case relating to the alleged solar scam, citing lack of evidence. additional city civil and sessions court accepted chandy's application seeking annulment of an earlier order in which six respondents, including chandy and a firm, were directed to pay about rs 1.61 crore to m k kuruvilla, a bengaluru-based industrialist. in the interim application, chandy had stated that the order was ex-parte and his version was not heard. judge patil mohankumar bheemanagouda acquitted chandy on the grounds of lack of evidence to prove he had any money transaction with kuruvilla. "even in the plaint that kuruvilla had filed does not mention about rs 1.61 crore changing hands between him and chandy, and therefor..






former kerala cm oommen chandy acquitted in solar case


by: pti | bengaluru | published:october 7, 2017 10:47 pm in the interim application, chandy had stated that the order was ex-parte and his version was not heard. judge patil mohankumar bheemanagouda acquitted chandy on the grounds of lack of evidence to prove he had any money transaction with kuruvilla.top newsformer kerala chief minister oommen chandy was today acquitted by a court here in a case relating to the alleged solar scam, citing lack of evidence. additional city civil and sessions court accepted chandy’s application seeking annulment of an earlier order in which six respondents, including chandy and a firm, were directed to pay about rs 1.61 crore to m k kuruvilla, a bengaluru-based industrialist.in the interim application, chandy had stated that the order was ex-parte an...






i am not in race for state party president: chandy


thiruvananthapuram/new delhi: former kerala chief minister oommen chandy said on thursday there has never been a proposal to make him the state president of the congress party.speaking to ians over phone from new delhi, where he met congress vice-president rahul gandhi, chandy said it was the media that was speculating and saying he was going to be the president.“i had made my position very clear to all that i will not accept any post [leader of opposition, state party president or udf chairman]. they [congress high command] know me very well and when i say something, i stick to it. and hence even in today’s meeting, the issue of their asking me to become the president never came up.“it was only the media that was weaving reports that i will be the president,” said chandy, who was ...






ex-cm oomen chandy says he takes full responsibility for vizhinjam port


by: pti | kannur | published:may 29, 2017 6:17 pm former kerala chief minister oommen chandy (source: file photo)former chief minister oommen chandy today said he takes full responsibility for inking of the vizhinjam port project agreement after the state government said it is mulling ordering a judicial probe into it in the light of the cag findings.the rs 7,525 crore multi-purpose seaport project had got a push after the chandy government came to power in 2011. with the comptroller and auditor general stating in a report that kerala’s interests had not been protected in the project, chief minister pinarayi vijayan has said his government is contemplating ordering a judicial probe by a high court judge.claiming that he is prepared to face any enquiry into it, chandy said, “the ag...






kerala minister rejects encroachment charges


opposition press for thomas chandy’s resignation, saying a report by the district collector indicts himkochi/thiruvananthapuram: (pti) embattled kerala minister thomas chandy on saturday denied the charge that he had encroached upon backwaters in alappuzha district and rejected demands for his resignation.as the opposition congress and bjp intensified their demand for his resignation, claiming that a report by the district collector had indicted him, chandy said there was no need for him to encroach on the backwaters and the allegations were meant to mislead the people.“i have not encroached the backwaters. there is no need for me to do so,” chandy, a businessman-turned-politician of the nationalist congress party told reporters in kochi.he, however, said that he had done land fillin...






book former kerala cm oommen chandy for disrupting metro services: cpi-m to kmrl


by: pti | kochi | published:june 22, 2017 10:31 pm former chief minister of kerala oommen chandy (pti/ file photo)top newsthe cpi-m today sought action against former kerala chief minister oommen chandy and several other congress leaders for allegedly disrupting kochi metro train services by undertaking a ‘protest journey’ two days ago even as kmrl authorities ordered an internal probe into the issue.the cpi-m’s aluva unit lodged the complaint with the kochi metro rail limited while the internal probe was ordered in the backdrop of reports that commuters were put to inconvenience by the protest on june 20 against non-invitation of chandy to the recent inauguration of metro services.there were allegations that the journey undertaken by congress workers under chandy’s leadership...






kerala minister thomas chandy rejects encroachment charges; opposition press for


by: pti | kochi/thiruvananthapuram | updated: september 23, 2017 6:01 pm kerala minister thomas chandy has been under attack from the congress-led udf and bjp ever since the allegations of encroachments surfaced. (source: wikimedia commons)top newsembattled kerala minister thomas chandy on saturday denied the charge that he had encroached upon backwaters in alappuzha district and rejected demands for his resignation, even as the opposition maintained that he had no moral rights to continue.as the opposition congress and bjp intensified their demand for his resignation claiming that a report by the district collector had indicted him, chandy said there was no need for him to encroach backwaters and the allegations were meant to mislead the people. “i have not encroached the backwater...






calls grow for chandy as kerala congress chief


former chief minister backed by majority in congress party, as well as its alliesthiruvananthapuram: days after kerala state congress chief v.m. sudheeran quit the post, the one prominent name to succeed him is of oommen chandy, though the former chief minister has said he is not interested. even udf allies are pushing for chandy.the question of a successor to sudheeran, who quit suddenly on friday, has been dominating political circles, and also discussed animatedly in the canteen of the kerala legislative assembly.the choice of chandy is backed by majority in the congress party as well as its allies.most cite the example of the victory of amarinder singh in punjab, where the national leadership of the congress party did not have much say.ever since sudheeran decided to put in his papers






kerala announces judicial probe into vizhinjam port agreement, chandy welcomes i


chandy welcomed the probe and said an impartial judicial inquiry will put an end to the controversiesthiruvananthapuram: the kerala cabinet on wednesday announced a judicial probe into the vizhinjam port agreement that was inked by the then oommen chandy government with adani ports in 2015.the announcement comes a few days after the comptroller and auditor general (cag) report on it was placed in the kerala assembly that cited faults in the agreement and said the state was in a disadvantageous position.the cabinet appointed justice (rtd) c.n. ramachandran as the head of the three-member probe panel to go into the agreement.chandy welcomed the probe and said an impartial judicial inquiry will put an end to the controversies.“my only request to the chief minister is that a comparative stud..






kerala: thomas chandy’s name proposed for cabinet post after saseendran’s resign


by: pti | thiruvananthapuram | updated: march 28, 2017 7:38 pm former kerala transport minister ak saseendran. (file photo)the national congress party’s kerala unit on tuesday decided to recommend the name of businessman-turned-politician thomas chandy, mla, as minister in the left democratic front (ldf) cabinet in place of former transport minister a k saseendran who resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct. the state unit’s decision would be conveyed to the national leadership and after getting approval, request to make chandy the minister would be made to ldf and the chief minister, ncp state president uzahavoor vijayan said.a meeting of ncp leaders also selected saseendran as the leader of ncp parliamentary party. saseendran and chandy are the two ncp mlas in the assemb...






former kerala cm oommen chandy, colleague chennithala cleared of nepotism charge


by: ians | thiruvananthapuram | published:march 25, 2017 2:45 pm former chief minister of kerala, oommen chandy. (file photo)former chief minister oommen chandy, his cabinet colleague ramesh chennithala and 11 other congress-led udf leaders were on saturday cleared by the kerala vigilance and anti corruption bureau (vacb) of nepotism charges.the vacb after a preliminary probe found that there was no misuse of official powers by chandy and the others and none of their relatives was appointed to key posts when they were in office during 2011-16.according to officials, the clean chit report will be filed before the vigilance court here on saturday.a complaint surfaced soon after the number two in the present pinarayi vijayan government — state industries minister and cpi-m strong man e...






sidelined for inauguration, chandy to take metro ride tuesday


thiruvananthapuram:former kerala chief minister oommen chandy, who did not attend saturday’s kochi metro inauguration after being kept out of the main list of invitees, will take his first ride on the metro along with all udf legislators on tuesday.chandy’s being kept out of the main list of special invitees alongside prime minister narendra modi raised eyebrows, as it was during his tenure 2011-2016 that practically every aspect of the metro, including the inking of the agreement, commencement of the work and the trial run was completed.chandy, however, kept mum about his exclusion from the main list of special invitees. though he was given an invite to be seated among the audience, he did not attend the event.the congress is planning to make the kochi metro ride a major event.work on...






solar scam: probe ordered against chandy, others


congress calls the investigation into solar energy investment fraud a witch-hunt’thiruvananthapuram: the kerala government on wednesday decided to initiate a criminal and vigilance probe against former chief minister oommen chandy and several others in what is known as the rs7 million (dh394,484) solar scam case.besides chandy, the probe would also investigate his former cabinet colleagues, a former union minister, legislators, other congress leaders and then senior police officers.the allegations regarding the multi-million solar energy investment fraud that rocked the chandy government in 2013 were led by saritha nair and her live-in partner biju radhakrishnan. nair had alleged she was sexually exploited by several political leaders.the pinarayi vijayan government also decided to initi..






kerala: chandy, chennithala visit jishnu’s sister undertaking fast


by: pti | kozhikode | published:april 8, 2017 6:41 pm former kerala chief minister oommen chandy. (file photo)former kerala chief minister oommen chandy saturday said a woman who lost her son will not play politics instead of mourning her loss. avishna, is staging a fast at her house since thursday seeking justice for her brother, who was found hanging at the hostel of his engineering college in thrissur in january and against the police action on her parents for trying to stage an indefinite fast in front of dgp’s office in thirvananthapuram on april 5.a woman (jishnu’s mother) will only lament her loss. she will not be in a state of mind to play politics, chandy said. opposition leader ramesh chennithala who also visited the house, said “how can we justify spending lakhs of...






solar scam: setback for ex-kerala cm oommen chandy as ldf govt orders vigilance


by: express web desk | kochi | updated: october 11, 2017 1:30 pm congress leader and former kerala chief minister oommen chandy (file)related newsthe cpm-led government in kerala has ordered a vigilance probe against congress leader and former chief minister oommen chandy in the solar scam case. post a state cabinet meeting, chief minister pinarayi vijayan told reporters on wednesday that the probe has been ordered based on the recommendations of a judicial commission report headed by justice (retired) sivarajan.the report that was submitted to the government last month held chandy and his staff members responsible for helping the accused in the solar scam to cheat clients, the cm said. the congress leader and his aides reportedly took bribes from saritha s nair of the team solar comp...






vizhinjam agreement: oommen chandy writes to cag citing ‘lapses’ in its findings


by: pti | thiruvananthapuram | published:june 11, 2017 8:24 pm chandy had earlier taken “full responsibility” for inking the rs 7,525-crore multi-purpose seaport project, which had received a push after his government came to power in 2011. (pti/ file photo)former kerala chief minister oommen chandy on sunday wrote to the comptroller and auditor general (cag), citing the “lapses” in its recent findings as regards the vizhinjam port project agreement signed by the previous udf government in the state led by him. the letter, addressed to cag shashi kant sharma, claimed that the agreement was signed following all the procedures and meeting all the mandatory criteria. pointing out the “lapses” and “mistakes”, the congress leader demanded a scrutiny of the cag report, whi...






kerala: thomas chandy sworn in as minister in cm pinarayi vijayan cabinet


by: pti | thiruvananthapuram | published:april 1, 2017 6:11 pm former kerala transport minister ak saseendran; right. thomas chandy; left. (file photo)businessman-turned-politician thomas chandy of the ncp was on saturday sworn in as minister in the ldf government, replacing a k saseendran, who quit as transport minister following allegations of a sleazy telephone conversation with a woman. kerala governor justice (retd) p sathasivam administered the oath of office to thomas at the raj bhavan.chief minister pinarayi vijayan and his cabinet colleagues were present at the function. thomas is likely to be assigned the transport portfolio.a three-time mla from kuttanad in alapuzha district, he is the fourth minister from the district. ncp’s saseendran had resigned on march 26 after a pu...






congress will take steps to unite secular forces to fight bjp, says oommen chand


by: pti | kozhikode | published:march 21, 2017 12:31 am former chief minister of kerala oommen chandy (pti/ file photo)former chief minister and senior congress leader oommen chandy said on monday his party would take steps to unite all secular forces to fight bjp at the national level. speaking at a seminar on ‘indian politics after the u.p. election,’ organised by muslim education society in kozhikode, he said it was the duty of congress to bring together all like-minded parties to fight the ‘divisive policies’ of the bjp rule at the centre.“no point in denying the fact that narendra modi has won in this race (elections).but the developments in uttar pradesh after the polls like selection of yogi adityanath, a hindutva hardliner, as chief minister, are a serious cause of c...






congress slams pinarayi vijayan ‘politics’, silent on oommen chandy


written by manoj c g | new delhi | published:october 12, 2017 2:32 am chief minister of kerala pinarayi vijayan (file)related newsas the cpi(m)-led kerala government ordered a vigilance investigation on wednesday against former chief minister oommen chandy and a host of top congress leaders in connection with the multi-crore solar scam based on the findings of a probe panel, the congress high command maintained a conspicuous silence.a k antony, the only senior congress leader who came out to speak wednesday, was also silent on chandy and the commission’s report per se. antony said he cannot comment unless he goes through the report.the former kerala cm, however, criticised the left government for announcing follow-up action on the basis of the report on the day of by-election fo...






kerala minister offers to quit over encroachment charge


by: express news service | thiruvananthapuram | updated: september 23, 2017 4:47 amtop newskerala transport minister and ncp leader thomas chandy offered to resign on friday after a report by the alapuzzha district collector accused him of encroaching a part of the backwaters to build a resort.“there is a gang behind the allegation that i encroached upon the lake to construct the resort (lake palace). i am ready to face any probe. if the chief minister asks me to quit, i won’t continue as a minister,’’ said chandy.in the interim report submitted on friday, district collector t v anupama has said part of the resort was constructed after filling a lake and wetland. the collector has recommended for a detailed probe to ascertain the extent of the encroachment.last month, when the...






a year into power, kerala chief minister slams udf government’s rule


thiruvananthapuram: just four days shy of completing a year in power, kerala chief minister pinarayi vijayan on saturday slammed the previous government of oommen chandy while listing out his own government’s priorities and achievements.unlike his predecessors, vijayan rarely meets the media, but took time off on saturday for the interaction that stretched to almost 90 minutes.vijayan, who took over as chief minister of a left democratic front government on may 25 last year, claimed that “corruption had been rooted out completely in kerala”.he said chandy’s rule was marked by absence of any system, misuse of power, corruption, and immorality.“in the past one year, we have been able to put a system in place … it has been made clear there will be no political godfathers for wrong...






weapons in kerala college campus: udf accuses cm vijayan of misleading assembly


by: pti | kochi | updated: may 6, 2017 8:20 pm senior congress leader and former cm of kerala oommen chandy (pti/ file photo)the alleged seizure of weapons from a city-based college became a major political issue on saturday with opposition congress-led udf accusing chief minister pinarayi vijayan of “misleading” the assembly on the matter. vijayan had refuted congress charges in the assembly friday about the recovery of weapons from the staff quarters of maharaja’s college.he had said no arms had been seized and only some construction materials were found by the police. “the chief minister misled the assembly and society over the issue,” senior congress leader oommen chandy said in kozhikode when asked about media reports that the fir had mentioned seizure of weapons from...






am i registered to vote? how to check your voter registration


there are just hours to go until the polls open and the uk decides which political party should be in power. millions of people applied to vote in the run up to the election, with a record number of under 25s joining the electoral roll. while voter registration closed in may, thousands more people could miss out on their chance to vote because they don’t realise they’re already on the electoral register. but how do you find out if you’re already registered to vote?  georgeclerk via getty images are you registered to vote?am i already registered to vote? if you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, you will need to contact your electoral registration officer. to find their details, enter your postcode on the your vote matters website, which will give you the conta...






am i registered to vote? everything you need to know ahead of the 2017 general e


since theresa may announced a snap general election last month, more than two million people have registered to vote on june 8. but millions more still stand to miss out on having their say because they have not applied to join the electoral register. today (may 22) is the last day you can register for the general election - if you do not apply by midnight tonight, you will not be allowed to take part in the vote.  but how do you find out if you’re already registered to vote? and how do you apply if you need to register?  getty images/istockphoto voter registration for the general election closes on midnight may 22how do i find out if i’m registered to vote? if you are unsure whether you are already registered to vote, you will need to contact your electoral registration of...






jared kushner registered to vote as a woman


jared kushner, president trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, is registered to vote in new york state as a woman, state records show. the new jersey native first registered to vote in the empire state in november 2009 as a female, records first discovered by the liberal-leaning american bridge group.kushner was reportedly registered to vote as a woman.(mark wilson/getty images) it wasn’t immediately clear what happened that kushner was registered as a woman, and was an active voter as of this november. the 36-year-old real estate developer has been tasked with reforming the government and moderating a peace plan in the middle east.kushner uses private email account for government matters: reportthe registration form shows kushner registered as a female.  “kush...






gst: eight things that businesses need to do before gst


gst is less than a week away. et brings a last minute check-list by pwc of all the things that businesses need to do. get registered for gstunder gst laws, entities supplying taxable products and services need to be registered in all the states from which these will be supplied. an entity already registered in a state under any existing law should be migrated to the gst regime. unregistered entities will have to get registered in the specific states from which supplies are made. the window for this is likely to open from june 25 for a month or so. gear up it systems to issue invoices from day 1it systems will need to be readied, and all the requisite changes made, to issue invoices from the first day of the gst regime. invoice formats will have to be amended as soon as possible. moreover,






maharera warns strict action against ongoing projects not registered until septe


mumbai: the maharashtra real estateregulatory authority (maharera) is planning to take strict action against realty developers whose ongoing projects would remain unregistered even after september 1, said a top official of the regulator.“we have received 12,700 applications for registration of ongoing projects. out of these, we have already processed and registered 8,000 projects. remaining applications will be processed over the next one week,” said maharera chairperson gautam chatterjee. “we will deal with those (project developers) required to be registered but not registered until september 1 in a strict manner.”from september 1, information on all these registered projects will be available on the maharera portal. following this, homebuyers can send emails about ongoing projec...






gst: eight things that businesses need to do before gst


bypratik jain &kartik solankigst is less than a week away. et brings a last minute check-list by pwc of all the things that businesses need to do. get registered for gstunder gst laws, entities supplying taxable products and services need to be registered in all the states from which these will be supplied. an entity already registered in a state under any existing law should be migrated to the gst regime. unregistered entities will have to get registered in the specific states from which supplies are made. the window for this is likely to open from june 25 for a month or so. gear up it systems to issue invoices from day 1it systems will need to be readied, and all the requisite changes made, to issue invoices from the first day of the gst regime. invoice formats will have to be am...






maharera gets cracking, issues first notice, real estate news, et realestate


mumbai: the maharashtra real estate regulatory authority (rera) has issued its first showcause notice to a property broker for violating provisions of the real estate (regulation & development) act 2016 and the state rules formed under the act.the property broker sai estate consultants has been issued the notice for advertising about multiple residential projects that have not been registered under the maharashtra real estate regulatory authority (maharera).the broker, however, has already registered itself with the authority. the act requires brokers to sell or facilitate such activity in registered projects only.“even though ongoing projects have a 90-day window to advertise, sell and also get registered with the authority, if any broker has got registered during this period, he as per..






how a snap election produced a snap filter


some might wonder how a partnership between the electoral commission and snapchat to produce a geofilter came about. it's simple. to spread the message that people need to be registered to vote to have their say at the general election, we need to inspire people in ways that will resonate with them to take action. for young people, a snap with our registration geofilter sent from a close friend could be just the thing to make them register.we know that around seven million people across the uk aren't correctly registered to vote. that's seven million people who are effectively invisible in our democracy.our research shows that young people are much less likely to be registered to vote than older age groups. in fact, latest figures show that 30% of people aged under 34 aren't registered...






saharanpur violence: two firs registered, no arrests so far


by: pti | saharanpur | published:april 22, 2017 12:23 amtwo firs were on friday registered against 12 persons and over 300 unnamed people in connection with two incidents of violence in janakpuri in saharanpur, police said. ssp love kumar said a first information report (fir) was registered against over 300 people in connection with the stone-pelting by members of two communities on thursday during a rally to mark ambedkar jayanti at sadak dudhali village.the charges include ipc section 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) among others. the second fir has been registered in connection with the protest outside the senior superintendent of police’s residence in...






minor girl raped by two becomes pregnant, case registered


by: pti | muzaffarnagar | published:may 31, 2017 4:15 pmtop newsa 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped repeatedly and warned against making a complaint, became pregnant after which the police here have registered a case against two youth. according to the police, the incident came to light after the parents of the teenager came to know that she was three-months pregnant. following a complaint by the girl’s father, a case has been registered at the kotwali police station.according to circle officer tejvir singh, the case was registered under ipc sections dealing with rape, criminal intimidation and also the protection of children from sexual offences (pocso) act against two youths named bilal and meherban.the two accused are absconding, singh said.in the complaint, the girl’s ...






maharera, real estate news, et realestate


mumbai: putting an end to all speculations, the maharashtra real estate regulatory authority (maharera) chairman gautam chatterjee today said that the deadline for registration of ongoing projects with the authority will not be extended.the last day for registration of ongoing realty projects is july 31 and so far only 300 projects have been registered, while nearly 3,000 brokers have also been registered with maharera, chatterjee added.“there is no question of extending the deadline for registration of projects under maharera, so far 300 projects have registered with us and the pace of applications wanting to register has increased,” chatterjee told reporters on the sidelines of cii-jll summit on friday.he expects around 20,000 ongoing projects to be registered by july end when the de...






rti: 1,707 abattoirs registered under fssa; most in tamil nadu, madhya pradesh,


by: pti | indore | published:april 16, 2017 10:29 pma query under the right to information has revealed that only 1,707 slaughterhouses in the country are registered under the food safety and standards act (fssa), 2006.there are no abattoirs registered under the 2006 act in arunachal pradesh, chandigarh, dadra and nagar haveli, daman and diu, mizoram, nagaland, sikkim and tripura. further, these states/union territories do not have a single slaughterhouse which has a license issued by either the state or the central authority.uttar pradesh, where the bjp government is clamping down on illegal slaughterhouses, is not in the top three states where the highest number of slaughterhouses registered under fssa are located.these top three states are tamil nadu, madhya pradesh and maharashtra...






man posed as rahul gandhi’s pa: one more cheating case registered against toor


by: express news service | mohali | published:june 30, 2017 5:26 am parminder singh toorrelated newspolice on thursday registered another case of fraud against imposter parminder singh toor who posed as the pa of congress vice-president rahul gandhi. the case was registered after a resident of abohar town alleged that the accused took money from him on the pretext of helping in get a job of an inspector in punjab police. the case has been registered against toor and his accomplice aadsach singh sekhon under sections 416 (cheating by impersonation ) and 420 (cheating) of the indian penal code (ipc) at mataur police station.the complainant in the case, sajandeep singh, told the police that after completing his btech, he was looking for a job and applied for the post of a constable in pu...






dropbox announces billion-dollar sales milestone, new products


p o: amy osborne, special to the chronicle image 1of/5captioncloseimage 1 of 5ceo drew houston says dropbox is the fastest software-as-a-service firm to hit an annual revenue run rate of $1 billion.ceo drew houston says dropbox is the fastest software-as-a-service firm to hit an annual revenue run rate of $1 billion. p o: amy osborne, special to the chronicle image 2 of 5ceo drew houston reveals dropbox’s new business products during his presentation in san francisco.ceo drew houston reveals dropbox’s new business products during his presentation in san francisco. p o: amy osborne, special to the chronicle image 3 of 5yves béjar, founder and ceo of fuseproject, talks about dropbox's new business products in san francisco on monday.yves béjar, founder and ceo of fuseproject, talks about dr